President of the United States.
Autograph Letter Signed, “Ron,” one page octavo, no date. To Chuck [Luckman].
“Thanks for sending me your speech. I know your audience so know how well it must have been red’d and deservedly so. I might as well be completely honest and warn you that you may find a speech or two of mine in the future has a familiar ring. I plead only that such a message bears repeating by any and all who love freedom. Keep sounding the alarm and be assured I’ll do everything I can to put this philosophy into practice in at least this one-fiftieth of the nation.”
Charles Luckman, the recipient of this letter, was an executive at Pepsodent, then President of Lever Brothers (at the age of 37), then the founder of Luckman Partnership (in 1950). The Luckman Partnership in Los Angeles was an architectural firm (Luckman said architecture was his first love) which was involved in a wide variety of American landmarks (the Conrad Hilton headquarters in Santa Monica, the Prudential Center in Boston, the new Madison Square Garden in New York, the Los Angeles International Airport, among others).
According to company lore, Luckman and Ronald Reagan shared a podium in 1952 at a dinner for the Sacramento Community Welfare Council. Luckman spoke fist. Then Reagan gave such an inspirational speech that Luckman was moved to return to the microphone to say, “That man should be President of the United States.” Twenty-eight years later, when Reagan was President, Luckman reminded him of this pronouncement which the President remembered.
At the time that Luckman and Reagan first crossed paths, Ronald Reagan was about to become the host of the General Electric Theater, which would prove to be a stepping stone for his political career. This was followed by his election as Governor of California in 1967 (until 1975) during which time this letter was written.
Framed (with a cream inner mat and a blue outer mat, with a color photograph, in a decorative silver/gold frame) dimensions: 18 1/2 inches wide by 15 1/2 inches high.
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